To the People of the United States
Expository and semi-dramatic film starring Jean Hersholt, dealing with the venereal disease problem facing the nation. Contains direct appeal for individual blood tests and urges public discussion of the problem.
sexually transmitted diseases venereal disease syphilis gonorrhea STDs World War II (Homefront)
Subject: Religion, even then!
Subject: 1944 Academy Award
Subject: Look To Demark!
One of the many character actors in this film is the fellow who plays Harry Bailey's father in "It's a Wonderful Life". He plays a member of a draft board!
Subject: Wait what?
Subject: Effective for 1944
Subject: Re: Syphilis
Subject: Yes! / No! We're not/ are ashamed of this disease!
One final thing, if something like Syphyllis is something we shouldnt be ashamed of, then why was the soldier who got syphillis seen entirely in back shots?
Oh, one final final thing. Love the guy's home movies whose idea of a good time is to go to a hospital and shoot footage of a couple getting tested for disease..
Subject: Not the "Three Cadets"
Subject: Not one of the films you're looking for
This, unfortunately, is not one of the military "scare" films about VD, and the atmosphere is far too level-headed. Mildly interesting and unusual narrative techniques are used to personalize and lend authority to the dull statistical presentation; the use of three besuited members of a draft board as a sort of a Greek chorus to tell that part of the story was rather odd. The doctor narrator, moreover, has a suspicious German accent.
The admission that VD rates spike in wartime surprised me somewhat; of course, everybody, knew, but for the Government to say so was perhaps a breakthrough at the time.
Subject: Nex Time, Use Protection!
The most interesting scene takes place early on, featuring cameos by Robert Mitchum and Noah Beery (Rockford's dad on THE ROCKFORD FILES).